It seems like everyday a different skincare company is announcing the discovery of a new and great antioxidant that is better than all the other antioxidants discovered so far. Truly there is no “best” antioxidant. It is great idea to use a variety of antioxidant in your skincare products.
Vitamin C is definitely an antioxidant worth looking for in skincare products. This water-soluble antioxidant has a proven track record for being an effective skincare ingredient. Not only does it protect the skin from free radical damage, it plays an important role in collagen production, it slows down the effects of sun damage on the skin, it helps boost the effectiveness of sunscreen, and over time it can brighten the skin. And like all other antioxidants Vitamin C can reduce inflammation in the skin. Frankly there is no reason not to give it a try.
There are many different forms of Vitamin C that you will find in skincare products. The best forms of Vitamin C, which means these forms of Vitamin C are stable and effective, are: ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. Vitamin C deteriorates in the presence of light so it is important to look for a closed, opaque container. Skinceuticals sells a great Vitamin C serum in a non-opaque container. They say that there form of Vitamin C will not breakdown in the presence of light.
Vitamin C Products Worth Trying
Sources and Further Reading
Vitamin C: C’s the Day! – Paula Begoun
Vitamin C in Skin Care by Peter T. Pugliese, MD in Skin Inc. June 2009
And don’t forget: Don’t mix copper peptides and vitamin C – using the two together, even if they are in separate products, just cancels out the effects of both.